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to help put more play in your day. >> president obama had a working lunch with hamid karzai after a meeting -- nbc white house correspondent kristen welker joins us now with the details of the meeting. kristen, tell us the latest. >> good afternoon, alex. the key topic of conversation here this afternoon at the white house is that timeline for troop withdraw. i can tell you that we don't expect president obama to announce actual numbers when he addresses the nation during a joint news conference a little bit later on this afternoon along with afghan president hamid karzai, but the question is how many troops will remain after 2014? for the very first time this week the white house signalled that the president was open to having a zero troop presence in afghanistan after 2014. a lot of people wondering if they're just saying that as a bargaining chip or if the president is actually considering that. some commanders have suggested that the troops remain at a level of 6,000 to 15,000. right now there are 66,000 troops in afghanistan. either way, alex, it appears as though the white h
. president obama and afghan president hamid karzai wrapping up the joint news conference after a series of meetings at the white house. they focused on the u.s. role in afghanistan beyond next year and one of the key announcements we just heard, afghan forces will take the lead of providing security throughout the country this spring and u.s. forces will move to what the president referred to as a support role for training and support. joining me, david sanger for "the new york times" and author of "confront and conceal." also with us, nbc's atiya bowi. thank you both for joiningo us. the president saying that it's time to accelerate the u.s. role, shifting to a support role as a result of achievements and i guess goals reached in afghanistan. >> that's true. they did announce that today but that's something that's been discussed behind the scenes in afghanistan for sometime now with the nato commanders in kabul. they have said for sometime that by mid-2013, it does seem they brought it back a bit to spring of 2013 wanting all of afghanistan transitioned in to afghan hands, giving the a
to try to piece together exactly what happened here. charlie. >> tim, thank you. in washington hamid karzai meets with leon panetta. they meet at the white house where officials say they may pull all troops out of afghanistan by next year. joining us military analyst. good morning. >> give us assessment of your option. no american troops after the withdrawal at 2014. >> i think that would be an option that would probably lead to an afghan government under pressure from taliban, perhaps, al qaeda. you know the world in a vacuum i think that would start to leave a vacuum by the government to be filled by taliban for sure and result in afghanistan that is found before the turn of the century. >> you would recommend against it? >> if i were still in office yes, i would. i think there's potential in afghanistan to make the place a lot more secure with the afghan forces but it will take more time than we have currently. >> why do you think the white house may see it differently? >> i think part of it is there's always a tension between getting afghans to take respon
barack obama and hamid karzai since last may when mr. obama committed to remaining in afghanistan after the end of combat operations in 2014. that commitment by the white house appeared to wane recently with the president's national security team telling the pentagon to send them recommendations that would involve no more than 9,000 troops. and leaking on the eve of karzai's arrival that the white house was considering a zero option. >> starting this spring, our troops will have a different mission. training, advising, assisting afghan forces. >> today hi announced it would transition ahead of schedule. plans that worry many in the pentagon as the president weighs how many troops to leave behind. the theory of zero troop option leaving no behind was a bluff to ensure they would grant immunity after 2014. >> nowhere do we have security agreement with country without immunity for the troops. i think president karzai understands that. >> we understand that the issue is specific importance for the united states. >> the quid pro quo is karzai will return to afghanistan with the promise that
today. president obama and hamid karzai sit down together, these are meeting now in washington. the latest in the trial of a woman who killed her boyfriend, denied she did it and then claimed it was really self-defense. why her lawyers asked for a mistrial. and the judge's decision. all "happening now." also new developments in the major flu outbreak that is gripping much of the country. the centers for disease control now saying 47 states are reporting wide-spread activity. good morning we hope you're not afflicted, i'm jon scott. jenna: i'm jenna lee. the c dc is also saying that the number of cases is decreasing in some states. maybe a little silver lining there. decreasing numbers is a good thing. but the earlier than usual flu season is taking a toll on millions as new vaccine shortages raise some tkerp concern that those who need it could miss-out on getting it. jonathan serrie is live with more on all of this. >> reporter: we are anticipating a cdc tell louisiana briefing in about half an hour. while 47 states are now reporting wide-spread flu activity cdc officials are
meets with the afghan president hamid karzai. the white house looks at the connection between video game and gun violence as battle lines form in the looming fight over gun control. >>> and a new report on the flu. we now have a clearer picture of where this epidemic stands. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." it's the longest war in u.s. history and now we're learninging new details about how president obama intends to end it for the united states. after meeting with hamid karzai at the white house, the president said the u.s. will probably be able to speed up, to accelerate plan troop withdraws. some americans will remain, presumably, their role, though, potentially becoming clearer. our white house correspondent brianna keilar is joining us. breakdown for us what came out of this meeting. >> reporter: wolf approximate, the main headline is afghan forces taking over control from u.s. forces and that was from president obama and president karzai, that is set to take place in the spring which is a slight acceleration. the other thing we heard from president karzai was that
of tomorrow's meeting here in d.c.? >> reporter: i think both sides, both president hamid karzai and president obama will want to walk away from this week's meeting with a clearer picture of how many troops will remain in afghanistan post 2014. there are roughly 66,000 troops based here in afghanistan. both sides will want a clearer picture of what that looks like beyond the pullout. some numbers are reported being considered by the obama administration are 3,000, 6,000 and 9,000. those are considerably smaller levels than the numbers that were proposed by general john allen who is the head commander here in afghanistan for the u.s. forces. he suggested that the troop level should be 6,000 to 20,000. the thinking is if there is a smaller contingent they will assume more of a nimble and more specialops type of deal. if there is a larger contention then they will assume more conventional roles. now, a lot of this may hinge on this notion of immunity. president karzai will have to decide if he will grant immunity for whatever troops remain here. that would give legal protection for troops based h
to be open to a scenario that involves a total pull out. hamid karzai and president obama are set to meet on friday to discuss all this. >>> three of the five men charged in that rape and murder case in india have been advised to plead not guilty. they were brought into court on monday under heavy security. the case has sparked angry protests about the treatment of women and it has put a spotlight on laws against sexual assaults. the victim was attacked and beaten on a bus last month and later died. >>> medical treatment in cuba will keep hugo chavez from being sworn in for a new term. the question is does the constitution there allow the inauguration to be delayed. whole be in charge? their vice president said the in-august race should happen at a quote later date, but an opposition leader is asking the high court to decide if that's even possible. the 58-year-old venezuelan president has been undergoing cancer treatment. >>> a newly married couple has quite a story to tell. they took their vows in a hot air balloon. winds blew the balloon off course and things got a little bumpy. a memb
of weeks away. >>> president obama is meetinging with afghanistan president hamid karzai at the white house. how many u.s. troops should stay in afghanistan after 2014, if any at all. we'll talk more about that. >>> plus, the flu, now widespread in nearly all 50 states and even if you did not get vaccinated. there's a chance you could still get sick? we'll bring you the details. >>> the big question of you, do you think the hollywood and gaming industry will be as on stin at as the nra when it comes to finding solutions to gun violence? sometimes what we suffer from is bigger than we think ... like the flu. with aches, fever and chills- the flu's a really big deal. so why treat it like it's a little cold? there's something that works differently than over-the-counter remedies. prescription tamiflu attacks the flu virus at its source. so don't wait. call your doctor right away. tamiflu is prescription medicine for treating the flu in adults and children one year and older whose flu symptoms started within the last two days. before taking tamiflu tell your doctor if you're pregnant, nursing.
. >> thank you, everybody. >> that was afghan president hamid karzai fielding a question sort of from our very own mike viqueira. president karzai is in washington this week for talks with top lawmakers on capitol hill. we just saw him there getting a nice pat on the hand from republican senate leader mitch mcconnell. tomorrow he meets with the president at the white house. let's join kristin welker. kristin, looking forward to tomorrow's meeting with hamid karzai, what are the president and the white house hoping to get out of the afghan president? >> reporter: well, good afternoon, martin. i think, first of all, the issue that mike viqueira brought up is going to be a key topic here, which are troop levels. the white house earlier this week signaling that they would be open to withdrawing all residual troops after 2014 or even having a smaller troop presence there than initially thought. that will undoubtedly be a key topic of conversation between president obama and president karzai and they will really be meeting to assess the situation there, the training of afghan forces. of course,
since the new year, including a senior al qaeda commander. >>> afghan president hamid karzai will continue his tour of d.c. today with meetings with top national security leaders. he met with defense secretary leon panetta at the pentagon. later tonight he will meet with secretary of state hillary clinton. yesterday karzai met with senators on capitol hill. they discussed how many troops will remain in his country after combat forces pull out in 2014. karzai scheduled to meet with president obama tomorrow. >>> this morning, the u.s. court of appeals will hear arguments regarding pictures of osama bin laden's corpse. a freedom of information act's lawsuit requests the release of more than 50 photos of bin laden after he was killed during a raid by navy s.e.a.l.s in may, 2011. there is debate over whether the images would compromise national security and whether the images would reveal the equipment or techniques used in the raid. >>> this morning, robert griffin iii begins his road to recovery. he is in florida where he had major reconstructive surgery to his right knee. dr. j
right now with afghan president hamid karzai. we just saw the president karzai getting into the white house. he walked in just moments ago where he'll be discussing the future of the u.s. role in afghanistan. u.s. commanders there have proposed keeping anywhere from 6 to 15,000 u.s. troops in the country after 2014 to go after terrorists and train afghan forces. but just this week the white house said the president is open to pulling out all u.s. troops. joining me now is the former ambassador to iraq, christopher hill, also former assistant secretary of state for east asian and pacific affairs. good to see you, good morning. >> good morning. >> give us a sense of what is likely happening in that room. what's the conversation like and what do you see potentially coming out of this meeting today between these two leaders? >> first of all, i think the president will warmly receive him. he'll certainly do a lot of listening. i've seen our president in many of these circumstances where he asks the visitor how things are going. he will touch upon some of the real problems that clearly afgh
president hamid karzai talking about america's future role in the war in afghanistan. the state department says several topics on the agenda but top of the agenda, whether any u.s. forces will stay behind after the drawdown date that has been established for 2014. >> a full range of issues are going to be discussed. the economic transitions, regional integrations, support for the afghan reconciliation efforts, those will all be central themes. bill: u.s. commanders in afghanistan proposing keeping 6 to 15,000 u.s. troops after 2014 but officials say the president will be opening to pulling all of them out? a news conference scheduled for later this afternoon. we'll have live coverage here on the channel on that. some suggestions you get into negotiations say we'll all leave unless you get your act together. we'll see how that goes at white house. joint press conference. >> so a jam-packed show for you on this friday morning. first a kidnapped 5-year-old is found 19 years later. so where has this little boy been for all these years? the clue that led the police to him, an unbelievable story
currently has 66,000 troops there. all of this comes with president obama scheduled to meet with hamid karzai friday at the white house. karzai is in washington and will meet with a group of senators including mitch mcconnell. joining us is retired four-star ynl and vote vets.org who served twice in i wack. thank you very much for joining us. general, i will start off with you. many intricate or believe that the president's choice in john kerry and check hagel indicate withdrawing more troops and leaving far fewer in that country and as we move forward with other possible conflicts. >> i hope so. i think both are vietnam vets and wounded in action. they have a very realistic view on the limitations of military power. this is going to be important. president obama is not going to get much out of karzai from a strictly military perspective and maybe 30,000 troops is the right answer for air power and counter terrorism and intelligence support in afghanistan. i don't think that's going to happen. i'm not too sure we are not well-served by going to a near zero option. >> karzai said he wan
4, capitol hill. >>> defense secretary leone panetta welcomed afghan president hamid karzai to the pentagon today. he received full military honors today. karzai and panetta talked about the future in afghanistan, including plans to withdraw the majority of u.s. troops by the end of next year. karzai meets with president obama at the white house tomorrow. >>> there appears to be a solid reason to keep controversial photographs of osama bin laden from the public eye. that, according to a federal appeals court judge. a group called judicial watch filed a freedom of information act request for those photographs. those photographs were taken during and after the raid in which u.s. commandos killed bin laden back in 2011. today in court judicial watch argued that the government did not provide a specific enough basis for denies the request for fraps. the judge said the government cited specific concerns that the images might be used by al qaeda as propaganda to spark andy-uss sentiments. >>> a push to move the fbi headquarters for the commonwealth. they said the fbi's 11,000 empl
and homes on leesburg pike. work resumes next week. >>> today, president obama and afghan president hamid karzai will meet for the first time since president obama was re-elected. the leaders will discuss what the u.s.'s role in afghanistan will be when the war ends there next year. karzai had dinner last night with secretary of state hillary clinton. the meal came after the two had a private meeting. they also discussed the future afghanistan, including preparations for that country's elections next year. >>> funerals are being held today for some of the victims of yesterday's bombings in pakistan. at least 120 people died in the blast. it was the deadliest day in that country in years. more than half of the victims died in attacks on a billiards hall in southwest pakistan. a sunni militant group with ties to the pakistani taliban is claiming responsibility for the bombings. >>> new this morning, an apparent hostage situation inside a los angeles mall that's still going on. l.a. police say two armed men somehow got into a mall at lax about two hours after closing last night. they believe
, general, hamid karzai is meeting with the secretary of state and defense. is this a man we can really trust? >> well, i think you need to put president karzai in context. in my book, i think i give a unique view. they don't have political parties in afghanistan. he's been -- he's had his life attacked or attempts on his life three times and operates in a very difficult political environment and has an insurgency going. so i think if you put all of those factors in play, suddenly you get a better measure of the kind of what he has facing him. i'm not saying that president karzai is a perfect leader. but what i'm saying is we should try to understand that context and i think it can allow us to deal better with a leader like him? >> in your book you write this about the afghan president. hamid karzai was a man of strong emotions and loyalties rubbed raw sometimes to cynicism by long years and slowed to trust but chited to relationships. you spent a lot of travel time with him. bottom line, is he doing what he needs to do? >> well, i'm not on the ground to junl the current activities but
withdrawal as he did in iraq back in 2011. afghan president hamid karzai is scheduled to meet with president obama on friday at the white house. >>> and "the seattle times," boeing is investigating problems with its 787 dreamliner after back-to-back days of mishaps. jed one of the jets spilled about 40 gallons of fuel at logan airport. the day before an exploded battery sparked an electrical fire on board a different dre dreamliner plane also at logan airport. >>> the tsa has implemented a new program that selects passengers based on their behavior and allows them to use a special lane to get through screenings more rapidly. the system builds on the precheck program which allows passengers deemed low risk to go through security without taking off shoes, belts and jackets or removing liquids or laptops from their carry-on. >>> in "the new york times," the next call to the bull pen may most likely be from a cell phone. as part of a new sponsorship deal with t-mobile. stadiums will begin to disconnect the land lines that have been around for decades and exchange them with smartphones. >> no. >>
hamid karzai appeared at a joint news conference. both leaders announced that u.s. troops will handover total control of security to the afghan forces sometime during the spring which represents a slight acceleration from the time table. but it was at the end of the news conference that perhaps the most important question was asked. after 11 years, almost half a trillion dollars spent and perhaps 20,000 afghan civilians and more than 3,200 u.s. troops dead, can the mission still be justified? >> at the end of this conflict we are going to be able to say that the sacrifices that were made by those men and women in uniform has brought about the goal that we sought. >> joining us now is michael o'hanlon, director of research and senior foreign policy fellow at the brookings institution and dana mill bink, a political columnist with "the washington post." dana, if i might begin with you, we all know of the fatigue with this conflict and the president's desire to bring the troops home. but given what we know of the relative immaturity of afghan forces alongside the continuing presence of the
. >> now, speaking of afghanistan in town today. hamid karzai at the pentagon today and on the hill and later will be at the state department for dinner with hillary clinton. he was with leon panetta today. this comes shortly after he sat down with our own atia and just ehave is rated u.s. policy. >> he has a problem with this new team, though. you remember a couple of years ago three senators went and met with him, and there was -- for dinner. karzai in kabul. there was -- they raised the issue of corruption in his government, and it became a big incident. joe biden, hagel, and john kerry? zeefs later sent as a private envoy to smooth things over with karzai. >> true, but this is -- karzai must look at the leadership of the second obama administration and see a message coming for him then. what the troop levels will be after 2014 and will there even be u.s. troops there? >> ruth marcus, the white house is telling me that it was not a slip of the tongue. it was a very specific statement by ben rhodes in his briefings, pre-briefi pre-briefing, before the karzai visit, the zero option
administration officials will hold a conference call to discuss hamid karzai's upcoming visit to the white house. he arrives to the u.s. today and scheduled to meet with secretary of state hillary clinton thursday before friday's crucial meeting with the president. the two leaders will discuss future troop levels in afghanistan which will be drawn down significantly in the next two years. >>> what do you say? >> as mentioned, there were protesters out in front of the white house over john brennan's nomination as cia director. why aren't we hearing much about the controversy surrounding brennan? >>> plus -- >> you quarterbacks get all the good-looking women. what a beautiful woman. >> wow. >> aj's doing some things right down there. >> well, it's not politics out of d.c. but was it politically incorrect? an espn announcer, was he out of line with the reaction to the alabama's quarterback girlfriend? it is the "news nation" "gut check." check out the tumblr page. it is elvis's birthday. a producer and felt the need to send elvis the king a shutout. [ male announcer ] in blind taste tests, even rag
-term united states presence and role in afghanistan. president obama is meeting with afghan president hamid karzai at the white house this morning. the u.s. wants to turn over all combat missions to the afghan troops by the end of next year. >>> an indiana boy kidnapped in 1994 has been found in minnesota. when he was 5-year-old richard wayne landers was taken by his father's parents after his parents divorced. landers now 24 years old was living under a different name but he used the same social security number. >>> "usa today" says facebook shares are climbing they're up more than 78% in the last four months, on thursday the stock closed at $31.30 facebook stock is up almost 18% since january 1st. >>> and san diego will be as cold as boston tonight, a cold front will force temperatures to drop below freezing in some areas. the cold snap comes after snow snarled traffic on interstate 5 through the grapevine. >>> and a powerful slow-moving storm socked louisiana with heavy rain and flooding. governor bobby jindal declared a statewide state of emergency. at least one su
's the possibility that the united states will pull out all troops next year. afghan president hamid karzai will meet with president obama at the white house on friday. >>> wedding bells will soon be ringing for same-sex couples at a historic church in washington, d.c. cathedral officials say the washington national cathedral will be among the first episcopal congregations to implement a new rite of marriage for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders. they will announce the new policy today. the cathedral has been used for presidential inaugural prayer services and state funerals for president reagan and president ford. >>> sciences that congress needs some pr help when your approval rating is lower than roaches. >> pathetic. the polls say the replacement rest of did a better job than congress. they were asked to compare their favorability with others. they are more popular than genghis kahn. >> what's wrong with nickelbacks? >> they can only go up from 9%. >>> time now 6:08. he is accused of trying to poison his girlfriend. >> so why will a san rafa
seconds ago. literally. defense secretary leon panetta going to be hosting afghan hamid karzai at the pentagon. karzai has a busy schedule. he's meeting with hillary clinton. he visited leaders yesterday on capitol hill. and he will sit down with president obama. and nbc's tia who is normally there is here with us. >> thank you. good to be. >> you met with karzai. you did an interview with him. give us your perspective on his visit here? >> it should be interesting. what they're trying to do is get the serious ball rolling on what america's future in afghanistan is going to be. president obama had strong words in the interview, particularly to the united states. i think he's being realistic in the fact that america may not have much of a presence after 2014. and he's trying to get his ducks in a row for afghanistan's future. although president karzai, if you think about it, there's going to be another election in 2014. he's not going to be the president of afghanistan. right now, what he's focusing on is helping his own legacy. >> and how many could be left behind. it could be
hamid karzai is making the rounds in washington. today he stops by the pentagon for a meeting with leon panetta. he'll also see the pentagon's 9/11 memorial. the two men will discuss the american troop situation in afghanistan after the nato combat mission officially ends next year and of course tomorrow hamid karzai meets with president obama. >>> so it's a race against time to free a pack of killer whales trapped by ice. 11 of them trapped in a 50 foot by 50 foot space near a small canadian village in northern quebec. experts are headed there today to see if it's possible to save them but if the hole they're using to surface and breathe freezes over, the orcas will eventually die. earlier i asked william hurley of the georgia aquarium why these whales ended up there in the first place. >> we're seeing a lot of changes in the arctic. in this case it looks like these animals were probably looking for food and found themselves in a place they wouldn't normally be exploring and mother nature took a turn and brought the ice in quickly. this is one of the number one killers for marine mamma
. >>> tomorrow president hamid karzai of afghanistan will meet with president obama of the white house. when to keep u.s. troops in afghanistan when their mission comes to an end, and if so, how many. it's an issue senator lindsey graham says is key to america's success in the region. >> the possible solutions have a small footprint left behind in afghanistan where they become sitting ducks and it will lead to failure. we've fought too hard, too long to not get things right. his decision about a 2014 force will affect national security for decades. i'd like to support the president if it's a robust number. tha thanh, good evening your time. karzai has a key role in the status of the troops in the region. what is that exactly? >> reporter: alex, a lot of what's going to happen here in afghanistan post-2014 may hinge on this notion of immunity and president karzai and what he decides to do with that. that immunity would basically give legal protection for whatever force is left behind here in afghanistan, and it would give legal protection for those troops in the event they break local law. it
about today. president obama welcomes afghanistan's president hamid karzai. the two will discuss the nature of the troop presence in afghanistan after 2014, which is when the nato combat mission is declared over. the obama administration floated the idea of removing american troops all together. president karzai met with secretary of state clinton last night over dinner. and joe biden plans to deliver recommendations from the gun control task force to the president on tuesday. yesterday, the vice president met with representatives on various sides of the issue. the former head of a movie industry group argued movies aren't behind the violence. the nra step ahead way from discussions and said they were in attack of second amendment. dan lothian has been following developments for us this morning. sol folks said they see some consensus in some areas. when you listen to what the nra said, they sounded very disappointed with the meetings. >> that's right. we sort of expect thad coming in. it wasn't a very big, bold expectation from the nra, saying they were coming to simply listen to
to meet afghanistan's president, hamid karzai at the white house friday. focus to make sure there's a smooth security handover to the afghan government when nato forces leave afghanistan next year. it's still unclear how many u.s. troops will remain to train afghan security forces and focus on counterterrorism. chris lawrence outlines the proposals for the transition. >> reporter: the options are on the table. at the low end, a little more than 6,000 troops, mostly special operations forces hunting terrorists with a small amount of training for afghan forces. the 10,000 option would still focus on al qaeda, but would add conventional troops to expand afghan training. a 15,000 option would include even more conventional troops to go on limited patrols and give afghans even more support. some experts say, forget that last option. 15,000. >> it's not politically tenable in congress, it's not doable of a budget execution perspective. >> reporter: analyst stephanie sanok worked in baghdad and developed options for the iraq drawdown. between war fatigue and spending cuts the middle opti
of this dangerous flu. >>> afghan president hamid karzai meets with president obama at the white house. they will discuss america's troop presence in afghanistan in 2014. they held talks over dinner. >>> good news for american couples in the process of adopting russian children. a controversial russian law banning adoptions by americans, signed by president putin last month, will be put into place next year. one more year. it was supposed to take affect this month, that means that some adoptions can proceed giving families who are so, so close new hope. >>> and one dumb criminal has a painful reminder of a robbery gone wrong. check this out. a thief caught on surveillance video ramming into an atm machine at a store in miami-dade, florida, and walking away holding thinks shoulder. this after two crooks tried to pull it out with a chain attached to a car. they failed. they are wanted in another atm robbery earlier in the day. and news flash. the companies that make atm companies, they know the dumb criminals will try to steal them, so they make them so they don't move. >> that takes the
. >>> in washington afghan president hamid karzai meets. they may consider pulling all american troops out of afghanistan by the end of next year. joining us now, retired general richard myers, former chairman of joints chief of staff. he's a cbs military analyst. general, good morning. >> good morning, charlie, and gayle. >> hello. >> give us your assessment of a zero option. no american troops after the final withdrawal in 2014. >> well, i think that would be an option that would probably lead to an afghan government that would be under pressure from taliban, perhaps al qaeda. you know, the world, of course, is a vacuum. i think that would start to leave a vacuum and a vulnerability to the afghan government that would be filled by taliban for sure and could result in an afghanistan that we found before the turn of this century. >> so you would recommend against it. >> if i were still in office, yes, i would. i think there's potential there in afghanistan to make the place a lot more secure with afghan forces, but it's going to take more time than we have currently. >> why do you think th
with hamid karzai late tomorrow in fact. the attack in benghazi reportedly a driving factor in the ultimate decision in how large of a force to leave behind. john bolton, former ambassador to the u.n. and fox news contributor. welcome back. what do you make of this? how do you put this together? >> i think it has got our priorities backwards. if taliban takes control again in afghanistan, we won't have to worry about protecting drone bases or diplomats because we won't be there at all. and i think this is part of the unreality of the obama administration's approach there. the low troop numbers that they're contemplating, that they will be discussing with president karzai will not be any where near sufficient to accomplish our strategic objective, america's strategic objective which is defeating the taliban. and i think we're --. bill: it is fascinating. i apologize for the interruption how the events in benghazi are now shaping our foreign policy whether this administration wants to admit it or not. >> well that perhaps is the small glimmer of good news that they recognize that benghazi was
journal" reports president obama is meeting with afghan president hamid karzai at the white house this morning. the u.s. wants to turn over all combat missions to combat troops by the end of next year. >>> the indianapolis star says an indiana boy kidnapped in 1994 has been found in minnesota. when he was 5 years old, richard wayne landers was taken by his father's parents after the parents divorced. landers now 24 years old was living under a different name but he used the same social security number. >>> "usa today" says facebook shares are tiny. they were up 74% more. on thursday the stock closet at $31.34. it's up almost 18% since january 1st. >>> and u.t. san diego says zaig will be as cold as boston tonight. it will drop below freezing in some areas. the cold comes after snow snarled traffic on interstate 5 through the grapevine. >>> and a powerful slow-moving storm has sucked louisiana. bobby jindal has declared a statewide state of emergency. at least one suspected tornado was reported. meanwhile the northern plains and rocky mountains are getting hit hard with snow and a
have the president of the united states and hamid karzai airing live at 1:00. >> sounds like an easy booking right there. andrea mitchell, thank you so much. >>> next, "the new york times'" gail collins joins us on set. keep it right here on "morning joe." ♪ aww man. [ male announcer ] returns are easy with free pickup from the u.s. postal service. we'll even drop off boxes if you need them. visit usps.com pay, print, and have it picked up for free. any time of year. ♪ nice sweater. thank you. ♪ >>> president obama will nominate his chief of staff over at the white house, jack lew, to be the next treasury secretary. >> it's going to be his signature, right, on the bottom of all our currency. it will look something like this. >> that -- that's your signature? or are you just testing to see if the pen works? hey, lew, here's a tip. stop signing all your checks on the teacup ride at disney world. the only way that you're allowed to have that as your signature is if your name is boing! >> he does have a funny signature. welcome back to "morning joe." richard wolffe and donny deutsc
visit with the afghan president hamid karzai. what do they hope to accomplish? >> reporter: that's right, wolf. they will have a bilateral meeting. you can already see the flag of afghanistan flying over the blair house. that is where he will be staying while here in washington. we're told by white house aides that they will be talking about security, political and the economic transition. that, of course, is very key as the u.s. looks to 2014 to withdrawing from afghanistan. they will be talking about what the u.s. footprint will look like in afghanistan after 2014. they will have their bilateral meeting and also a working lunch and then a joint press conference, wolf. >> we'll be watching that. thanks very much, dan lothian. >>> all right. this just coming in to "the situation room." new photos of a retired fbi agent who's been missing since 2007. robert levin son's family released the photos. he vanished while working as a private investigator while working in iran. there is a mirror and chains in view. the other shows him holding up a sign with a grammatical error in it suggesting th
house today. president hamid karzai from afghanistan is in town. they will start their -- expanded meeting of the president, the vice president and the president of afghanistan with other cabinet members at 10:00 a.m. this morning. at 10:30 the president and president karzai go alone into the oval office. for a restricted meeting. at noon, the president and the vice president and president karzai continue their conversation over lunch. and at 1:15 p.m. this afternoon the president and president karzai will hold a joint news conference in the east room of the white house. i will be there with the white house press corps to see the two presidents. come back and get the latest from michael tomasky. [ ♪ theme ♪ ] >> bill: hey, what do you say? good morning everybody. it is friday january 11. good to see you today. thank you for joining us on the "full court press." as we come to you live coast-to-coast from our studio here on capitol hill, bringing you the news of the day. giving. >> chance to sound off at 1-866-55-press. president obama has -- will soon have a new treasury secreta
in on the meetings that president obama is having can hamid karzai this afternoon. and he'll be meeting with members of the video industry. the nra meeting yet didn't go so well. the nra left displeased at best. they said it was more about demonizing the second amendment than keeping kids safe. so what did the nra want to talk about? not guns just like they did right after the shooting at nowtown the lobby wanted to talk about school safety, mental health, the collapse of our legal system anything but guns. vice president biden's meeting with the entertainment administration went better. they discussed the ways in which they already police themselves and give parents the tools to protect children from inappropriate or too violent content. there is nothing in place where they intend to trample on anyone's first amendment rights. "politico" pointed out the internet has changed the way kids can access content. a kid may not be able to see a trailer that is inappropriate, but they have access on the internet. again, here is where parents probably come into play. we're b
of the office of management and budget. >>> afghanistan's president, hamid karzai, will receive full military honors when he visits the pentagon this morning for a meeting with defense secretary leon panetta. he is expected they will -- or it's expected that they will discuss the american troop situation in afghanistan after the nato combat mission officially ends next year. tomorrow karzai meets with president obama. >>> all right, so it won't take long to cover the entire list of new inductees to baseball's hall of fame because there are none. one of the big reasons, of course, the steroid era. baseball writers voted to keep roger clemens, barry bonds and sammy sosa out of the hall of fame for now. i think the biggest injustice was to craig biggio. he came the closest. i think next year he'll get in. >>> check out this fan during last night's college basketball game. look, he shoved unlv guard anthony marshall after he stepped out of bounds chasing a loose ball. fortunately the ref was able to restrain marshall and the fan was escorted out of the building. >> not a good idea to shove the pl
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